High speed chase by former manslaughter inmate

A judge ruled out home detention for a 31-year-old driver with a previous manslaughter conviction, who has now got into a dangerous high speed chase and crashed into a dog park fence.

Instead John Oliver Jamieson – who already has two previous convictions for dangerous driving, and four for disqualified driving – will stay in custody for sentencing on July 26.

Jamieson was jailed in 2009 for nine years for manslaughter for the death of Wayne Kerry Bray, who was kicked to death in a group street assault in Timaru the previous year.

He was also found guilty last year of threatening to chop his wife’s head off during an argument over the telephone.

He pleaded guilty today to a series of charges in the Christchurch District Court and Judge Tony Couch decided he wanted to find out more about him before sentencing.

He asked for the case to be referred for a possible restorative justice meeting between Jamieson and the owner of the dog park fence, who faced a $1035 repair bill.

He asked for a pre-sentence report but did not ask for a home detention assessment – ruling that out as a possible sentencing option.

Police say that on June 2, Jamieson drove on State Highway one towards Burnham at 180km an hour while overtaking other cars in a passing lane. Police followed him with their sirens and lights on, but he crossed the double yellow lines into the south-bound lane to overtake other north-bound cars.

He remained on the wrong side of the road until the end of the passing lane, still travelling at high speed.

He turned too fast into Tennyson Street, Rolleston, and went off the road, across the grass area of the BP Service Station, and narrowly missed the KFC sign, before going back on the road.

At the junction with Lowe Road he went onto the wrong side of the road again, around a roundabout the wrong way,  hit another car causing minor damage, before leaving the road and crashing into a dog park fence.

Police found a firearm in his car and charged him with driving dangerously, driving while disqualified, failing to stop for police, driving recklessly, driving carelessly, and unlawful possession of a pistol – a sawn off .22 rifle.


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